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Enlargement 16-02-2018

Two cheers for Balkan Boris

UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has come in for plenty of criticism in his 19 months in post. But there is one area of foreign policy where he has been faultless and where indeed Britain can play a leading role in shaping Europe’s future direction of travel, explains Denis MacShane.
Global Europe 16-02-2018

Fisheries agreement with Morocco is an instrument of soft power for EU

If the EU-Morocco fisheries agreement is not renewed, tensions might affect the relations between the EU and Morocco, writes Willy Fautré.

ECJ ushers in new era for water protection

Disputes over an Austrian hydropower project and snow cannon system are ushering in a new era for water protection across the EU, writes Andrea Johanides.
Data protection 16-02-2018

Access to car data – the new battleground that risks consumer choice

Ahead of the 20 February vote in the TRAN Committee on the draft report on a European strategy on Cooperative Intelligent Transport Systems access to vehicle data, Laurianne Krid takes a look at the issues facing motorists with regard to the automotive digital economy.  
Economy & Jobs 16-02-2018

The battle for Cohesion policy: Preventing further Balkanisation of Europe

Cohesion policy is the glue of the European Union, however with Brexit and the decisions on the post 2020 budget , some changes may be made. Lambert van Nistelrooij breaks down the three main options the Commission has put forward in regards to cohesion policy.
Politics 16-02-2018

European defence: Old wine in new bottles?

Deeper defence cooperation within the EU via PESCO (permanent structured cooperation) was launched with great fanfare at the end of 2017. But only time will tell whether anything of substance will be achieved by PESCO, writes Nick Witney.
Africa 15-02-2018

Now is the time to support Tunisia’s fragile democracy

Tunisia is at a turning point, which makes now the perfect time to support its vibrant but fragile democracy and turn it into one of Europe's strongest allies in the region, write Frédérique Ries and Fulvio Martusciello.
Climate change 15-02-2018

Countering terror doesn’t need to cost the Earth

While the risks of terrorism should not be downplayed, the extensive nature of climate change risks should not be downplayed either. Often times, the impacts are less visible but more significant, argues Janani Vivekananda.  
Economy & Jobs 14-02-2018

China, the unbeloved trade partner

Will Europe pick a quarrel with China? Brussels does not want to quit the field uncontested when it comes to the fact that the People's Republic infiltrates the European economy for self-serving reasons and wants to set the tone also in political terms, writes Wolf Achim Wiegand.
Development Policy 14-02-2018

Valentine’s secret taboo

The chocolate industry is fuelling misery in West Africa. The European Union – where more chocolate is consumed than anywhere else – must help end it, writes Julia Christian.
Global Europe 14-02-2018

Upgraded customs union should serve as bedrock of EU-Turkey ties

Treating Turkey like a naughty child has proved to be a failed strategy for Brussels. It’s time to look anew at the elements of the relationship that could work, both now and in the long term, write Mehmet Öğütçü and Stephen Jones.

Brussels must bite the bullet on a common EU migration policy

The EU Commission is soon to re-enter the conflict over immigration. Whether it will do so timidly or in a blaze of political courage remains to be seen when it unveils ideas for a 'European Labour Authority," writes Giles Merritt.
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Climate change 13-02-2018

Failed EU Commission advanced biofuel policy wastes billions of euros

EU fuels policy relies on substantial advanced biofuel growth by 2030. The possibility of achieving this is remote. The tragedy of this policy is that it displaces the only fuel that has successfully reduced oil consumptions, conventional biofuels.
Economy & Jobs 13-02-2018

Reinvigorating Europe by investing in its people – vital role of EU budget

The EU has set itself an ambitious social agenda in the shape of the European Pillar of Social Rights, but the biggest test will be whether decision-makers will put their money where their mouths are by providing the necessary funds, writes Jana Hainsworth.
Central Asia 12-02-2018

Projecting soft power as an imperative for the EU in Central Asia

There is a thirst for Europe in Central Asia and much more should be done to answer this interest under existing and new inter-cultural programs, writes Nargis Kassenova.
Road charging 12-02-2018

For whom the road tolls?

The European Commission's proposal to phase-out of car vignettes is fully in line with the treaties and the EU executive has every right to table legislation to that effect, argues Samuel Kenny.
Economy & Jobs 12-02-2018

Science – the new frontier of geopolitics

Science and international relations have always been intertwined, this link runs deeper now with the rise of innovation and technologies. However, regulations on new innovations and deep tech should also follow the rapid pace of their development, writes Sam Alvis.
Freedom of thought 09-02-2018

Surrogacy convention – let’s not forget human rights are for all

An international conference is currently trying to regulate surrogacy, a global business estimated to be worth roughly $5 billion a year, and the EU should weigh in on the ongoing negotiations and make all efforts to condemn and limit the practice whose principal victims are children, writes Sophia Kuby.
Circular economy 08-02-2018

We need more durable and reparable products to build a circular economy

The time is right for EU policy-makers to take measures to ensure products placed on the market are designed to last and be repaired, write Stéphane Arditi and Chloé Fayole.
Brexit 08-02-2018

What freedom of movement means to business

Although the question of European nationals in the UK has been addressed, the fate of UK nationals working in the EEA still remains unknown. It's a pressing topic for EU and UK businesses, writes Robert Glick.
Air Pollution 08-02-2018

Bulgarians denied a say on air pollution

While Bulgaria hosted a forum on Eco-innovation for air quality this week, its citizens are denied the right to clean air. Bulgaria has some of the dirtiest in Europe, yet its citizens are not allowed to go to court and claim their right to clean air, warns Ugo Taddei.
Economy & Jobs 08-02-2018

Building the next generation of macro-regions

The time has come to consider equipping EU macro-regional strategies with dedicated means, structures, and rules to make them deliver, write Francesco Molica and Nikos Lampropoulos.  

How Europe can make its water sector energy neutral

The new EU Drinking Water Directive could be the tool to reduce water losses, cut energy consumption and deliver better quality of water, writes Mads Warming.
Energy 08-02-2018

‘Projects of Common Interest’, or waste of public resources?

Many of the existing 'Projects of Common Interest' in the gas sector struggle to make economic sense and might end up as stranded assets. This waste of public resources must stop, writes Danila Bochkarev.